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Halal Signs Director Yousef

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Talented young UK director Yousef brings his unique and wonderfully weird vision to HALAL’s growing talent pool

Halal Signs Director Yousef

Award-winning director Yousef, who creates mind-bending music videos and commercials described as 'wonderfully weird', is now part of HALAL’s stellar roster of directors and photographers. His talent for merging comedy and magical realism – with a sprinkle of the absurd - has garnered industry and national attention over the last two years.

His uniquely odd campaign for BBC iPlayer was widely acclaimed and his hallucinatory music video for Piero Pirupa’s Braindead won a Wood Pencil for Music Video: Concept at the 2021 D&AD Awards, as well as being included on shortlists for the 2020 Young Director’s Award and the UKMVA’s. Most recently, Yousef’s spot for Old Spice’s Curls Are Cool was named a 2022 Webby Winner in Video, in the Experimental & Weird category.

Piero Pirupa, Braindead

The multi-talented 26-year-old lives in Manchester (UK) and specialises in VFX-focused magical realism that is undeniably fantastical, but not over the top or slapstick. Basically, it’s real life with surreal elements. He’s also genuinely funny, and has a way of getting his message across without his films being predictable or overly product-based. 

HALAL co-founder, executive producer and partner Gijs Determeijer comments, “I don’t think I need to even say that Yousef is a unique talent, just take a look at any of his work and straight away you’ll get why we signed him, plus we don’t have anyone like this on our roster or in our market. His playful, joyous creativity leaps straight out of the screen, makes you laugh, and grabs your attention by virtue of its stylish, off-beat individuality, and he is only 26, so this gives us a great opportunity to help him develop his career”

Old Spice, Curls are Cool

Outside of the world of film, Yousef is also a designer and art director, crafting visuals for major-label albums and single campaigns for the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Wretch 32, Dizzee Rascal, Devlin, Yizzy, Gregory Porter, and Sway. 

“I’ve been a huge fan of HALAL’s roster of directors and the fantastic work they put out for a number of years now and I’m excited to join the team and hopefully create more bonkers stuff with them.” says Yousef. 

Find all Yousef’s work here.

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Halal, Thu, 09 Jun 2022 12:42:02 GMT